The Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 Chamber Innovation Awards competition. The national competition recognizes innovative programs, events and ideas from across the country. Waupaca’s program called “School + Biz= Community New Teacher Welcome” received honorable mention in the competition. The program has the Waupaca School District’s new teachers and administrators take part in a guided bus tour of the community, followed by a networking lunch. Each new employee is sponsored by an area business, with someone from that business also taking part in the tour. Top honors in the competition went to programs from Vail, Colorado, Flint, Michigan, and Visalia, California.